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Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by jlehew511, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. jlehew511

    jlehew511 New Member

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    I am wanting to buy my first gun. I was wondering if anyone had any sugestions on a long range rifle that would be good for a first gun?
     
  2. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    Welcome.
    Ususally first gun and long range do not go hand in hand. Just saying...

    Without knowing your budget and intended use (hunting, target shooting, distances, terrain, etc) it's like asking what's a good car.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Welcome to the FTF community.

    No offense, but if it's your first rifle I'd suggest starting with a 22 and becoming proficient. Then you can move out in distance and up in caliber.

    Please stop by the new member introduction forum and introduce yourself to the folks when you can.
     
  4. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    welcome what are you planning on doing with just a target gun or hunting, do want a bolt action, semi auto... etc?

    My first high powered rifle was Mosin Nagant 91/30 good for long range target shooting and hunting, bolt action, ammo is really cheap basicly russian 308.
     
  5. jlehew511

    jlehew511 New Member

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    It would only be used for target shooting with a couple friend that I've gone out with. I was wantig a remington 700 but I don't want to spend that on a first gun in case I end up going 2 times a year.
     
  6. zimm

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    Where are you going to shoot at "long range"? What do you consider "long range". Where I live, the vast majority of gun clubs' rifle ranges only go out to 100 yards. The longest is 300 yards. You might want to find a place to shoot and get a feel for the actual distances involved before you make your choice of rifle.
     
  7. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I don't like the .22 for "first gun". I'd say get a mosin nagant 91/30. reliable, cheap plentiful ammo, they are reasonably accurate if they are just in halfway decent shape. Mine is a 1938 Tula arsenal, has more pits in the bore than Lindsay Lohan has freckles and still shoots minute-of-beer can out to about 120 yards with surplus ammo and iron sights.
    A lot of folks consider 100 yards long range, sniper trained Marines like myself consider 1,000 yards to be just a touch long of a reach.
     
  8. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Welcome to the community! I hope you enjoy your stay with us :)!
     
  9. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    I would also suggest a 22lr,and also in a bolt action rifle.
    Shooting a bolt action will let you learn the basic shooting skills that you will need,in order to shoot at longer ranges.

    Get a good quality bolt action 22lr,and learn to shoot it well,then step up to a centerfire rifle. Marlin,CZ,Browning,Ruger,Savage all make great bolt action 22 rifles.
     
  10. horsefeathers

    horsefeathers New Member

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    I'd suggest a 700 30-06 bolt. Get something reliable and work into it.
     
  11. hairbear1

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    Go to your local rifle range and try and ask if you can try a few different calibres BEFORE you buy anything over a .22 which by the way is the best way to learn to shoot as they're cheap to shoot and virtually will last you a lifetime as you blast your way to 1 of the best hobby's in the world.
    If you really want a long range rifle that's cheap to shoot try a .223 calibre rifle as it's got little recoil,can be shot out to 600yds plus if you want to do that and you can go and bust rabbits,foxes,coyotes with it as well,regards
     
  12. tiberius10721

    tiberius10721 New Member

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    30-06 is a little bit to much rifle for a new shooter to work into. I own a Remington 700 in 30-06 and I do love shooting it but the recoil is to much for a beginner. Start off with a 22 bolt action rifle.
     
  13. TLuker

    TLuker New Member

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    Go ahead and get that Remington 700 if that's what you like. A good gun will last a lifetime if taken care of, and they hold there value. You can't say that about most of the things you spend money on. That rifle will be there when all of the IPads, phones, and computers are obsolete forgotten relics. And you'll always cherish that first rifle and be glad you bought it if you go ahead and get what you want.
     
  14. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    What about a M700 in .243. Flat shooting, little recoil, easy to find ammo, accurate, good for varmints and deer.
    cottontop
     
  15. therewolf

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    I have to agree about starting with a .22LR.

    Then either a 30-06 Rem or Savage Bolt action, or a

    Mosin Nagant 91/30, if you want to save a ton on ammo.